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Gasoline greed could break our local citizens

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

After reading Mr. Burke’s letter on June 28 titled “Relief needed from sky-high gasoline prices,” citing his experience with the vast difference in gas prices during his travels, I am compelled to write. I, too, traveled recently but I went northward and westward.

As Mayor Burke noted, I also found that tiny communities with barely more than a gas station had gas prices much lower than Dixon’s – about 30 to 40 cents a gallon lower. This begs the question: Why?

Why does Dixon, which is optimally located on the interstate, have gas prices much higher than a tiny town snuggled in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming?

Better yet, why do similarly situated towns such as Davenport ($3.39) and Iowa City ($3.29) have much lower gas prices?

If the problem is truly refinery maintenance problems in the Midwest, as reported, why aren’t other Midwestern communities affected? I can come to only one conclusion; one I am sure others in this community agree with.  

Selfish greed by those who decide how much profit they wish to make – in other words, price fixing. I don’t care that an investigation didn’t find “evidence” of such; the facts speak for themselves. No denial will change the truth.

So, I have a message to those involved in price fixing.

Look to yourselves as you read the two to three pages of foreclosures in the paper.

Look to yourselves as your greed breaks the backs of Dixon’s citizens and kills our town.

Look to yourselves when tourists, future residents, and businesses look elsewhere.

And look to yourselves as our younger generations leave Dixon for better opportunities.  

Those rose colored glasses and denial have worked wonders in the past, haven’t they? But times are changing. What goes around comes around – often with a bigger slap than expected.

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